Use Personal Requests on HomePod

With Personal Requests, you can ask Siri on HomePod to remind you to do something, check your calendar, send a message, call someone, or make a note to capture a quick thought.

About Personal Requests

Personal Requests lets you use HomePod to send and read messages, add reminders, and create notes on your iOS device.* You can make personal requests only when:

  • Your iOS device is signed in with the same Apple ID as HomePod.
  • Your iOS device is set as the primary device for Share My Location.
  • HomePod and your iOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

*Personal Requests uses iCloud Notes, Reminders, and Calendar.

Set up Personal Requests

  1. Make sure that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod.
  2. Go to Settings > [your name] and make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID used to set up HomePod. Then tap iCloud > Share My Location, turn on Share My Location, then tap From and choose This Device.
  3. Make sure that the Siri language on your iOS device is set to a language that HomePod supports and that Siri is turned on for your iOS device and HomePod:
    • On your iOS device, go to Settings > Siri & Search and make sure that either Listen for "Hey Siri" or Press Home for Siri are turned on.
    • Open the Home app on your iOS device, press and hold HomePod, tap Settings, and make sure that Listen for "Hey Siri" and Touch and Hold for Siri are turned on.
  4. On your iOS device, open the Home app, press and hold HomePod, tap Settings, then tap Personal Requests under Siri. On your Mac, double-click HomePod, click Settings, then click Personal Requests.
  5. Turn on Personal Requests. If you have multiple HomePod speakers, turn on Personal Requests for each HomePod that you want to use with Personal Requests.

You can also turn on Personal Requests in HomePod Settings on your iOS device or Mac:

  • On your iOS device: Open the Home app, and tap Home Settings. If you have multiple homes in the Home app, tap Home Settings. Under People, tap Personal Requests, then turn on Personal Requests.
  • On your Mac: Open the Home app, go to Edit > Edit Home, click your name under People, then click Personal Requests.

To use the Home app on Mac, update your Mac to macOS Mojave.

Make a personal request with Siri

Whether you’re planning a vacation with friends or just want to keep track of all of your to-dos, Siri on HomePod can help you stay on task.

Send and read messages


To send a message, say something like "Hey Siri, send a message to Susan." Then tell Siri what you want the message to say. When Siri asks if you're ready to send it, say "Yes" or "No."

To read a new message, just say "Hey Siri, do I have any new messages?" Or "Hey Siri, read my messages from Armando."

Want to send a group message? Say something like "Hey Siri, send a message to Armando and Susan." Then tell Siri what you want the message to say.

 

Use Reminders


To set a reminder, say something like "Hey Siri, remind me to water the plants." Or "Hey Siri, add milk to my Grocery List."

You can also have Siri remind you to do something at places that you've added to your Contacts. For example, you can say "Hey Siri, remind me to drop off the dry cleaning when I leave the house."

To check off a reminder, just say "Hey Siri, mark water the plants as complete."

Want to check if you have any overdue reminders? Just ask Siri.

Learn more about Reminders.

 

Manage your calendar


To check your calendar, say something like "Hey Siri, what does my day look like?" Or "Hey Siri, do I have any meetings at 3:00 p.m.?"

You can also create new calendar events. Just say something like "Hey Siri, create an event called Dinner with Colin for tomorrow at 7:00 p.m."

Want to find out where your meeting is? Just say "Hey Siri, where's my 1:00 p.m. meeting?"

Create and add to notes


To create a new note, say "Hey Siri, create a new note." Then tell Siri what you want the note to say. Or you can say something like "Hey Siri, create a new note called places to visit."

To add to an existing note, say something like "Hey Siri, add the San Antonio Riverwalk to my places to visit note." Just make sure that you say the exact title of the note that you want to add to.

 

Make phone calls and listen to voicemails


If your HomePod and iPhone are updated to iOS 12, you can make and answer calls with Siri.

To call someone on HomePod, say something like "Hey Siri, call Colin."

To answer a call from your iPhone to your HomePod, just say "Hey Siri, answer my phone."*

To end a call, say "Hey Siri, hang up."

Miss a call? Say "Hey Siri, who just called?"

You can also listen to a new voicemail. Just say "Hey Siri, play new voicemails."

Learn more about making calls on your HomePod.

*Incoming calls from your iPhone won't ring on HomePod.

Manage settings for Personal Requests

You can manage settings for Personal Requests in the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. To use the Home app on Mac, update your Mac to macOS Mojave.

  1. Open the Home app on your iOS device or Mac.
  2. Make sure that you're signed in with the same Apple ID used to set up HomePod.
  3. On your iOS device, press and hold HomePod, then tap Settings. On your Mac, double-click HomePod, then click Settings.
  4. Scroll down, then tap or click Personal Requests. From here, you can turn Personal Requests on or off for each HomePod that you have. You also see two options under Require Authentication:
    • Turn on Secure Requests for Notes: You must authenticate on your iOS device to have Siri read notes from your iOS on HomePod. This option is selected by default.
    • Never: When your iOS device is home and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod, then anyone in your home can use HomePod to read notes on your iOS device.

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